Maj. J.W. Weltman

Major John H. Weltman, USAAF. Major weltman’s P-38 Lightning was the first Army Air Forces aircraft to be hit by German gunfire during World War II. (U.S. Air Force)

Maj. J.W. Weltman in England shortly after his P-38 became the first AAF plane of World War II to be hit by German gunfire. Note the British-style uniform worn by Maj. Weltman, a result of his personnel baggage being lost aboard an Allied ship sunk between Iceland and the British Isles. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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